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A Guide To Gain Weight and Bulking Up

Bodybuilding Supplements Used To Gain Weight and Bulking Up (Part 2)

Well, that part 1 was a pretty boring intro to this weight gain and bulking guide. ;-) Now, we get to the interesting stuff - supplements! All the supplements I used for this cycle, and will list here, work nicely with little to no side effects - otherwise, I wouldn't list them here, nor use them myself.

Here's what I used:

ATP support: Pure Creatine Monohydrate (in homemade Cell Tech) and Ribose

Natural testosterone support: Tribulus Terrestris and ZMA

Proteins and Weight Gainers: Optimum 100% Whey, EAS Simply Whey and ProLab N Large 2

"The regulars": A multi vitamin, flax seed oil, Glutamine

Breakdown of costs:

Homemade CellTech - $40
Ribose - $34 (if you get the Jarrow Ribose, it costs only $21)
Tribulus - $12
ZMA - $12
100% Whey 5lb - $30
N Large 2 - $40
Glutamine - $50
Multi vitamins - $15
Flax seed oil - $12

Total cost: $245

That's quit a bit. But the amounts in most of the supplements in here will last you for more than just 1 cycle. Some will last 2 to 3 cycles and more. And if you already have some of the stuff in hand like creatine, glutamine, whey protein, etc. then you don't need to get any more - just get what you need.

ATP Support - Creatine Monohydrate (Homemade Cell Tech) and Ribose

ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate, and it provides energy for muscle contractions that lasts about 10 seconds by releasing a phosphate molecule. More ATP is needed for energy, and a large part of how effective your workouts are, depends on your body's ability to generate ATP. This is how creatine and ribose comes into play - hence "ATP support".

How Creatine Monohydrate Works

I have alotta information on creatine on the site, so I won't go in much detail here. When ATP releases a phosphate to make energy, it becomes an ADP (adenosine diphosphate). When you have extra creatine in your body, the creatine gives a phosphate back to the ADP, making it an ATP again allowing more energy and endurance for workouts.

In understandable english, it just means that with extra creatine in your body, you will feel stronger, have more "bursting" energy, and endurance during workouts - leading to great strength and muscle gains. See other creatine articles we got on the site:

Creatine monohydrate information
Creatine serum vs. creatine powder
Creatine use and cycling

As for side effects, creatine is one of the most studied supplements on the market, and from personal experience, I'd say creatine is a safe supplement to take with little to no side effects. I've never had any problems with creatine, after many years of use. The only minor problem I've had is over taking it (over 30g/day), that's when I got some stomach problems. I did that once just to test things out, and I won't be doing that again. ;-) Typically, you'll only be taking 5 to 10 grams of creatine each day.

Although creatine has been good to me, I've also had feedback from users who's bodies just can't handle creatine very well, leading to various side effects. These are quite rare, but I should still point them out so you know. See creatine side effects here.

So, what's the deal with the homemade Cell Tech? You see, I'm kind of a cheap @$$ when it comes to spending unnecessary money on supplements, when I can go the homemade route for much cheaper and get more out of my supplements, and this is the case with Cell Tech. Cell Tech works great for a creatine formula, but its pretty expensive, so I make my own Cell Tech, and save a big chunk of change to spend on some other stuff. See my homemade Cell Tech Recipe here.

Ribose - The Forgotten Significant Other

Ribose is not a popular supplement like creatine, nor do you hear about it very often; however, it is gaining popularity, and its price is coming down. Like creatine, ribose works to help increase ATP stores in your body leading to more intense and fruitful workouts - however, ribose works differently than creatine.

Instead of "recycling" ADP into ATP, ribose is actually a building block of ATP. Instead of rambling on about why I stack ribose with creatine, you can read another article I wrote on stacking creatine and ribose.

Weight Gain Articles Index:

Weight Gain Guide Part 1 - Intro
Weight Gain Guide Part 2 - Creatine & Ribose
Weight Gain Guide Part 3 - Tribulus Terrestris, ZMA, and Dealing with Acne
Weight Gain Guide Part 4 - Protein Supplements, Weight Gainers, and Multi Vitamins
Weight Gain Guide Part 5 - Supplement Planning

Protein and Weight Gainers:

Creatine and Ribose

Testosterone Support Supplements: